Police Woman Michele Selby 'Could Not Be Bothered' To Arrest Robber Breaking Into Chinese Restaurant
News source: The Scotsman (14/7/2011)
A police officer who "could not be bothered" to arrest a suspected robber breaking into the Moon River Chinese Restaurant in Kirkintilloch at 0530 BST last July, has been found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
The court heard she told the suspected robber - who has six previous convictions, including one for a similar offence - that she knew he was trying to break in and if she did not have another call to go to he would have gone to jail. But the job that Selby claimed she had to rush to was not a 999 call but delivering letters to another police station.
Selby, of Cumbernauld, Glasgow, then told her less experienced colleague, "If I could be bothered he would have got the jail" before throwing his tools in a bin at Kirkintilloch Police station and clocking off duty at 7am.
She said in court she believed the man was trying to fix the door at the request of the owner and that she believed no crime was being committed.
The 38-year-old was found guilty yesterday of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by failing to detain the man and of disposing his tools and failing investigate the incident, on 26 July last year. Selby was warned she now may face a jail term.
BBCZeitgeist Commentary: This is a case of 'couldn't be bothered to arrest the robber' because he was breaking into a 'Chinese restaurant,' do we seriously believe she would not have made the arrest if the robber was breaking in a bank?